Suburban Melody

Suburban Melody (Spanish:Melodía de arrabal) is a 1933 American Pre-Code musical film directed by Louis J. Gasnier and starring Imperio Argentina, Carlos Gardel and Vicente Padula.[1]

Suburban Melody
Directed byLouis J. Gasnier
Written byAlfredo Le Pera
StarringCarlos Gardel
Imperio Argentina
Vicente Padula
Music byMarcel Lattès
Raoul Moretti
Horacio Pettorossi
Modesto Romero Martinez
José Sentís
Alberto Castellanos
CinematographyHarry Stradling Sr.
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • April 5, 1933 (1933-04-05)
Running time
94 minutes
CountryUnited States

The film was made at the Joinville Studios in Paris by Paramount Pictures, who produced a large number of films in different languages at the studios. The film was made in Spanish, primarily for release in Spanish-speaking countries. Carlos Gardel appeared in a string of such productions during the 1930s. The film was extremely popular in Argentina, the native country of its three stars, where it was one of the highest-grossing releases.[2]


After she hears his voice, a music teacher encourages a gambler to pursue a career as a professional singer. He enjoys success, but his former criminal connections threaten to wreck his progress.



  1. Bentley p. 442
  2. Finkielman p. 183


  • Bentley, Bernard. A Companion to Spanish Cinema. Boydell & Brewer, 2008.
  • Finkielman, Jorge. The Film Industry in Argentina: An Illustrated Cultural History. McFarland, 2003.
  • Nataša Durovicová, Kathleen E. Newman. World Cinemas, Transnational Perspectives. Routledge, 2010.
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